I had a conversation with a client the other day, and I realized that I needed to open up and share something personal.
You might not know this about me but I used to have a horrible relationship with food and exercise. I was a gymnast as a child and as I began to go through puberty I started to gain weight, as is expected. However, I saw it as a bad thing and knew from watching a family member’s diet, that I could control this by eating less.
In fact, there was a time when I was eating only 500 calories/day. I had no idea at the time, but I wasn't properly fueling my body.
People started to tell me that I looked good because I had lost a little weight, and that was adding fuel to the fire...it made me double-down and work harder. What I found was that it wasn't enough. No amount of weight lost was enough to make everything "perfect".
But then …my mother took me to a doctor who diagnosed me with anorexia and helped me through the recovery process. I've now worked through therapy and am in a much better place. I've come to understand that food is fuel for the things I love to do...daily activities, running, etc. I love and appreciate my body for all it can do and try to focus on that other than perceived flaws. We are our own worst critics.
This is why I am so passionate about doing what I do – because I get to help women who feel uncomfortable in their own skin gain confidence, feel better and have more energy so they can live their best lives.
I know firsthand what this journey feels like … and a little consistency and mindset work can go a long way.
It DOES take working with your body and not against it, and focusing on what makes you feel better vs. leaves you feeling drained.